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01-12-09, 09:22 AM
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Posted By Q Brizzle

Definitely get the gutters and downspouts...

Definitely get the gutters and downspouts installed ASAP. Route the water away from the foundation in all cases.

I wouldn't bother with painting the walls, especially if you plan to frame new...
01-09-09, 09:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,926
Posted By Q Brizzle

What's the height difference between the tile and...

What's the height difference between the tile and the carpet? About 1-1.5"?

There are a lot of transition options out there, but for a difference of this much, my suggestion of a strip of...
01-09-09, 09:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,762
Posted By Q Brizzle

If you are using XPS, no air space is necessary....

If you are using XPS, no air space is necessary. In fact, it's best to place it directly against the concrete.
01-06-09, 07:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,259
Posted By Q Brizzle

My opinion, if you aren't conditioning the space,...

My opinion, if you aren't conditioning the space, don't bother finishing it...other than the necessary insulation above grade. If you want to leave up the foam, I believe you can glue 3/8" drywall to...
01-06-09, 07:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,762
Posted By Q Brizzle

I mostly agree with chandler, but I don't agree...

I mostly agree with chandler, but I don't agree that geothermal temp is around 70F. More like 55F, which is significantly cooler than a typical comfortable living space.
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01-02-09, 08:08 AM
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Views: 19,005
Posted By Q Brizzle

Sounds like a good start to me.

Sounds like a good start to me.
01-02-09, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,908
Posted By Q Brizzle

If you are asking if R-5 = R-12, it does not. ...

If you are asking if R-5 = R-12, it does not.

Adding fiberglass would raise the R value, as would adding a second layer (or using 2") of the foam. For ease of use, I would put in the 2", and...
12-30-08, 08:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,593
Posted By Q Brizzle

I've recently done the "by-hand" method. It does...

I've recently done the "by-hand" method. It does work, but it's kind of a pain. They really pack the insulation into the bales, so it's difficult to get a good, even chunk size by hand. But, it's not...
12-29-08, 02:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,572
Posted By Q Brizzle

With proper venting (soffit and ridge), the...

With proper venting (soffit and ridge), the humidity in your attic should be very close to outside humidity. This is a good thing.

If you are not noticing condensation, you probably don't have a...
12-18-08, 09:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 21,444
Posted By Q Brizzle

Why not build a room within the basement? The...

Why not build a room within the basement? The floor looks like it's in good shape, and relatively dry. Couldn't you just frame out a room somewhere within the basement that doesn't contact the...
12-16-08, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,750
Posted By Q Brizzle

It's pretty simple, really. You have warm, moist...

It's pretty simple, really. You have warm, moist air escaping your living space into the attic. The nails are especially cold, so they condense the moisture first, forming the icicles.

The plywood...
12-16-08, 09:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 996
Posted By Q Brizzle

I'd do the framing first. If you have to block up...

I'd do the framing first. If you have to block up the bottom plate a bit to support the bottom edge of the drywall, that's easy to do. If you consider a 1.5" bottom plate (a 2x4 on it's wide side),...
12-10-08, 02:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,032
Posted By Q Brizzle

They do a lot of wood basements construction in...

They do a lot of wood basements construction in northern MN now...so I'm not surprised to see it in Ontario.

My brother's house has a wood basement. It's nice.
12-08-08, 02:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,684
Posted By Q Brizzle

+1 with marksr's comment.

+1 with marksr's comment.
12-08-08, 07:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 13,496
Posted By Q Brizzle

PT plywood is available as an alternative.

PT plywood is available as an alternative.
12-05-08, 07:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,119
Posted By Q Brizzle

The fan would be to just circulate air...which...

The fan would be to just circulate air...which impedes mold/mildew growth a bit. The real issue is the moisture in the air. Two options here, run the dehumidifier on a schedule, or get a whole-house...
11-25-08, 08:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,796
Posted By Q Brizzle

Actually, it does make sense. Kamadake is saying...

Actually, it does make sense. Kamadake is saying you can't simply put carpet over the platon. Platon is a rubbery roll-type material, it is not designed to be a subfloor in and of itself. Go to their...
11-25-08, 08:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,566
Posted By Q Brizzle

However, the pink foam (or any XPS or EPS...

However, the pink foam (or any XPS or EPS material I think) needs to be covered with a fire-resistant material (such as drywall). It's pretty flammable stuff, and releases nasty things when subject...
11-24-08, 07:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,665
Posted By Q Brizzle

#1, try to stay away from organic materials. ...

#1, try to stay away from organic materials.

#3, fluorescent light can be "cooler", while incandescent light tends to be warmer...both work fine in a basement.

#4, the finished space without...
11-21-08, 07:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,431
Posted By Q Brizzle

This has been discussed ad nauseam on this forum....

This has been discussed ad nauseam on this forum. Do a quick search.
11-19-08, 01:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,564
Posted By Q Brizzle

I agree with Bill62...I don't see a water issue....

I agree with Bill62...I don't see a water issue. Everything appears dry, and the drywall and base trim is in excellent condition. Just a very poor concrete floor job. Maybe some settling in certain...
11-18-08, 01:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,869
Posted By Q Brizzle

Great suggestion! I will do that for the last...

Great suggestion! I will do that for the last half of the basement (the unfinished part). Much easier than trying to caulk the edges! Thank you.
11-18-08, 10:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,869
Posted By Q Brizzle

Instead of fiberglass, use rigid XPS board. Get...

Instead of fiberglass, use rigid XPS board. Get the 2" thick stuff, and cut pieces to fit snugly into your joist pockets. Push them up into the pocket and directly against the rim joist. Caulk into...
11-18-08, 10:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 872
Posted By Q Brizzle

The foam is the right way, it probably just...

The foam is the right way, it probably just wasn't sealed properly. You need to keep all the warm/moist basement air from coming into contact with the slab.

It's probably best to remove what's...
11-18-08, 10:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,074
Posted By Q Brizzle

Interesting! I've thought about an energy audit,...

Interesting! I've thought about an energy audit, but haven't pulled the trigger.

I too am looking into the air-to-air heat exchanger. Will probably install one next spring. It can't hurt!
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